THE ARCH - Pub, 32 Henry Street 

sucket - fruit preserved in sugar, either candied or in syrup; pl. sweetmeats of candied fruit or vegetable products + sockets

wrang = wrong (obs.)

pint - 0.473 l + points

non-aryan + non-Irish.

abaft - Of position: literally, back, behind, in the rear + above the sea level.

scatterling - a wandering or vagabond person; a vagrant

brewers' grains - refuse malt left after brewing or distilling (PICTURE)


ostensibly - apparently or purportedly, but perhaps not actually

'Twelfth Night, Or What You Will' is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1600-01 as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. The play expanded on the musical interludes and riotous disorder expected of such an occasion, with plot elements drawn from the short story "Of Apollonius and Silla" by Barnabe Rich based on a story by Matteo Bandello. The subtitle is believed to be an afterthought, created after John Marston premièred a play titled What You Will during the course of the writing. The title Twelfth Night, or What You Will, prepares the audience for its jovial feel of festivities consisting of drink, dance, and giving in to general self-indulgence. The subtitle What You Will, implies that the audience is also involved in the merry spirit found in the play. The subtitle also refers to the wealthier characters who do little work and possess the liberty to do as they please, focuses on the aristocrats of society who are entitled to their pleasures while the only hard work being done is by their servants.

pax (l) - peace

quantum (l) - as much as

hullo - a call used to hail a person or to excite his attention. Also used in response to a telephone call and (freq. repeated) to express surprise.

evoe - the Bacchanalian exclamation 'Evoe!' + The Holly and the Ivy (song) + All Hallow's Eve.

curious + culus (l) - arse.

epiphany - a manifestation or appearance of some divine or superhuman being [in 'Stephen Hero', Joyce uses the term Epiphany to mean 'a sudden spiritual manifestation'].

hodie (l) - today

casus (l) - fall

eso (gr) - inward + esôbrakôn tôn (Modern Greek) - their underpants + kont (Dutch) - arse.

needer - one who needs

necess - necessity + Necessity knows no law (proverb) + Nessus - centaur whose blood-soaked shirt killed Hercules.

Meagher, Wally - seems to have inherited a pair of family trousers in bad condition and to have been involved in some kind of "troth." (Glasheen, Adaline / Third census of Finnegans wake) + Maker + "a pair of Blarney braggs for Wally Meagher" [211.11] + "Meagher, a naval rating, seated on one of the granite cromlech setts of our new fishshambles for the usual aireating after the ever popular act, with whom were Questa and Puella, piquante and quoite" [061.13-.16]


walty - Of a ship: Unsteady, crank.

Blaff! (ger) - bang! + blaffen (Dutch) - to bark + blind man's bluff - Children’s game in which one player, designated as "It", is blindfolded and gropes around attempting to touch the other players without being able to see them, while the other players scatter and try to avoid the person who is "it", hiding in plain sight and sometimes teasing them to make them change direction.

scib (shkib) (gael) - skiff; boat-shaped basket + skib (Danish) - ship.

lintel - a horizontal piece of timber, stone, etc. placed over a door, window, or other opening to discharge the superincumbent weight + pee (leak), pea (lentil).

arbour - a bower or shady retreat, of which the sides and roof are formed by trees and shrubs closely planted or intertwined, or of lattice-work covered with climbing shrubs and plants, as ivy, vine, etc. + sneaked into the harbour.  

leidend (ger) - suffering + leidend (Dutch) - leading + laden

concave - to make concave; to vault, arch over or round

convexly - in a convex form or manner; with a convex outline or surface + conversely.

semi- - precisely half + demi- - half + semidemihemiquavers - 1/64 notes in music + Ulysses.17.2232: 'posterior female hemispheres'.

minister - to be helpful or serviceable; also, to be conducive, contribute to something + Minne (ger) = minne (Dutch) - love.

subligate - to under-bind, to under-tye, to tye or hang at + sublimate

*IJ* (lowercase p and q are mirror images)

Mount Croagh Patrick, County Mayo + "story bouchal that was ate be Cliopatrick (the sow)" [091.06]

chérie (fr) - dear + Cherry Ripe (song).

mutatis mutandis - 'things being changed that have to be changed', i.e. with the necessary changes; with due alteration of details (in comparing cases)

pickle - a condition or situation, usually disagreeable; a sorry plight or predicament; vegetables (especially cucumbers) preserved in brine or vinegar + in a pickle - in an awkward or difficult situation.

peach - someone or something of exceptional worth or quality; someone or something particularly suitable or desirable, esp. an attractive young woman

quick - living persons; a living thing


pickle - a person, usually a boy, who is always causing trouble; a woman with a sour disposition, an unattractive woman (slang.)

unmatchable - incapable of being compared to others; incomparable, matchless + unmentionables - underwear.

ante - an amount paid in advance; price, subscription, means + ante (l) - before + aunt (Slang) - whore + mutandis (l) - things requiring to be changed + mutande (it) - drawers.

bopeep - to play bo-peep (a nursery play with a young child, who is kept in excitement by the nurse or play-mate alternately concealing herself (or her face), and peeping out for a moment at an unexpected place, to withdraw again with equal suddenness; an act of peeping, a look or glance as through a narrow aperture or from concealment (colloq.))

seesaw - to cause to move in a see-saw motion; to move up and down, or backwards and forwards + 'She sells seashells by the seashore' (nursery rhyme).

pranksome - addicted to pranks; prankish, frolicsome + Prankquean [021.15]

sex appeal

Sechseläuten - Zurich spring festival (involves bells pealing) + Sallust (86-34 B.C.) - Roman historian whose high moral tone contrasts with his ill-spent youth. 


gape - an open-mouthed stare; a gaze of wonder or curiosity

bore - a tiresome or uncongenial person; one who wearies or worries

liable - responsible by law; likely to do or to be something

Collins - a letter of thanks for entertainment or hospitality, sent by a departed guest + O'Coileain (o'kulan) (gael) - descendant of Coilean ("whelp"); anglic. Collins + cailin (kolin) (gael) - girl.

give leg bail (jocular) - to be beholden to one's own legs for escape, to run away + to take leg-bail (Irish) - to run away, to abscond. 

white and black piano keys + black on white (i.e. text)

arpista (Italian) - harpist + artists + Black Arts.

clover (German: Klee) + clever spelling + Klavierspielen (ger) = klaverspil (Danish) - piano playing + Paul Klee - Swiss painter.

nicht? (ger) - right? + knickt (ger) - cracks, bends.

gel? (ger) - right? + Salvador Dali's painting 'Girl's Back'

Bach (ger) - brook + Johann Sebastian Bach - German composer.

Ferencz (Franz) Liszt - (1811-86) Hungarian pianist and composer (wrote études for the left hand alone)

etude - a short musical composition designed to provide practice in a particular technical skill in the performance of a solo instrument + (masturbation).